Bitcoin price is going up and Craiglist is hot market for Bitcoins exchange. According to an article in the Washington Post today, the it seems the demand for Bitcoins virtual currency over the more traditional currencies normally used for purchases on Craigslist is growing even stronger, driving up the Bitcoin price and exchange rate, while increasing the virtual currency's validity. On Tuesday the Bitcoin exchange rate reached a high of $200 in value for the very first time, causing many watching to hope it's not just a bubble waiting to burst as in the financial world has warned. So why the sudden demand for Bitcoin on Craiglist? Well, it seems those who believe in the digital currency and want it to be a success are willing to take a risk and as for bitcoins in the place of real commodities, such as iPhones, laptops, and other items people want and need, for if the market can witness a demand for Bitcoins, the value will go up.

In addition to a demand for Bitcoin on Craigslist, there are other people and places jumping on board the train hoping to make the unregulated and nongovernmental form of virtual currency a valid option for users who find the system attractive.

Just last month we heard of a Canadian man, Entrepreneur Taylor More, who listed his two-bedroom Alberta home on the market for 405,000 Canadian dollars or the equivalent in Bitcoins.

"Bitcoins are really hard to get your hands on if you want to get them in large quantities," Mr More told the BBC.

"I have a couple projects that I want to get started, and they will take a lot of Bitcoins."

Unlike other currencies, Bitcoins are not issued by a central bank or other centralised authority.

Mashable also revealed not so long ago, 8 business you'd probably never dream would be accepting Bitcoins including Esty, Reddit and WordPress. In addition Mashable noted,

"A Meze Grill location in midtown New York City accepted Bitcoins for a short time. Across the East River in the trendy neighborhood of DUMBO, Brooklyn, a creperie called O'Crepe's sells organic creations in exchange for Bitcoins. In San Francisco, you can buy a variety of treats with your Bitcoins at Cups and Cakes Bakery. And soon, Cyprus will set up the world's first Bitcoin ATM...

The reason most users, such as those hoping to buy or sell a few Bitcoins on Craigslist, enjoy using Bitcoin is because it can be exchanged for "real" money, or used to make difficult to trace transaction, yielding a level of privacy traditional currency cannot offer.

The flipside of using Bitcoin is there is also little to no security if theft or hacking occur.

But with more and more people such as these Craigslist Bitcoin buyers and sellers jump on the train the virtual currency has a chance to prove itself as one of the largest criticisms thus far of the currency that it can buy much real-world stuff.

Still Business Insider notes  in the article "Six Things That Could Cause Bitcoin Prices To Crash"  there are other problems which could arise with the online currency which could lead to it's demise:

  • A sating of demand. At some point, everyone who could ever learn about or use Bitcoin will know about it, and many of them will own it. Given the lack of awareness about Bitcoin among the general population, as well as the complexity and "friction" involved in owning Bitcoin, we are a long way from this point.
  • A drop in the price of Bitcoin (for whatever reason). Another thing that could cause demand for Bitcoin to drop is a Bitcoin price crash. If Bitcoin prices crash, many of those who already own them will not want to own them anymore--and they'll jettison them. This will cause a further price crash, which will further reduce demand. Etc.
  • A Bitcoin counterfeiting or hacking or theft scare. Bitcoin aficionados will smugly tell you that Bitcoin "can't be counterfeited." Please. Anything can be counterfeited. To counterfeit something, you don't have to create the actual thing. You just have to create something that fools other people into thinking you have the actual thing. If there's a computer system out there that can't be hacked or fooled by a very clever hacker, I haven't seen it yet. Meanwhile, even if the Bitcoins themselves can't be faked, the systems that account for them can certainly be hacked. This has already happened. And if someone figures out a way to steal or delete or otherwise destroy all your Bitcoins, you will be much less likely to invest in them.
  • A government crackdown on Bitcoins. If Bitcoin gains general acceptance, governments may begin to frown on it. After all, general acceptance of Bitcoin would usurp the governments' sole authority to create legal money. Governments don't like having their authority usurped. So they may begin to enact laws that prohibit the use of Bitcoin.
  • An increase in the supply of Bitcoins. Bitcoin aficionados will also proudly assert that only a certain number of Bitcoins will ever exist (21 million, if memory serves) and that no more can be created. Again, keep dreaming. The supply of Bitcoins as currently defined may, in fact, be limited. But there's nothing stopping the folks who created Bitcoin (or anyone else) from creating a new equivalent or better Bitcoin. Aside from the fact that Bitcoin appears to be well designed, there is nothing special about it.
  • A better Bitcoin (or even just another Bitcoin). This is a very real risk, one that Bitcoin enthusiasts don't spend enough time worrying about. Again, there is nothing special about Bitcoin. Although awareness of it is growing, it's still complicated and hard to use. And monetary philosophers are already pointing out that the "finite supply" of Bitcoins may, in fact, be too small, limiting their usefulness. So if Bitcoin can gain traction, then so can any other electronic currency. And if another electronic currency begins to displace Bitcoin, the "finite supply" argument will go out the window. There might soon be a nearly unlimited amount of a better Bitcoin.
  • It remains to be seen what the outcome of Bitcoins future may be, but one thing is certain: It's out there and its growing in popularity. This points t0 the fact that somehow, someway the currency is fulfilling need of people on a level that should be taken seriously.

    Do you use Bitcoin? What do you think of Bitcoin's price increase? What are your thoughts on the future of the virtual currency? Share in the comments section below.



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    What is Bitcoin? Should I use it?

    Ever since the Bitcoin price rate began skyrocketing this montg, it has quickly become one of the hottest topics on the web as over the last week we have seen the value of the digital currency skyrocket and fall in a manner so unpredictable many analysts are saying the effect looks like the bubble of a ponzi scheme that's just waiting to bust.

    Over the last quarter the price of Bitcoin exchange rate has bounced from a low of 13 dollars per share in January to a high of 147 dollars per share. This is significant, particularly considering the value of bitcoin increased quite slowly in 2012 from 5 dollars to 13 dollars per share.

    Bitcoin sees record growth but could its demise be ahead?

    Just when it seemed bitcoin was truly prepared to validate itself as superior form of currency, some bumps in the road occurred which have led to a drop in the value of the currency 134 dollars per share, while still remaining quite high.

    In fact, the Bitcoin prices are so high it's one of the hottest investment options in the world right now after just 4 years online.

    Many are pointing to the banking problems in Cyprus as being largely responsible for the sudden interest in the trust-free currency and may have contributed to the surge of growth. But though the online and unregulated currency may seem attractive to some, to others who have watched financial crashes come and go, they beleive the Bitcoin bubble, while growing larger and larger, will eventually like all bubbles will burst.

    What is Bitcoin? Or how does Bitcoin work?

    Bitcoin is a kind of digital currency used on the internet. Bitcoin is open source and can be exchanged with a computer or smartphone device and requires no financial institution as the go between but rather handled by computer servers or "bitcoin miners".

    Who started Bitcoin? How did Bitcoin get started?

    Bitcoin was started in 2009 by a hacker/developer going by the pen name Satoshi Nakamoto and was meant to be an answer to a seemingly corrupt monetary system based on our trust in the banks.

    At a time when distrust in the Cyprus banking system was at an all time high and people were having difficulty accessing their money, suddenly this anarchic style of currency exchange seemed to make a lot of sense for people and in no time the shares and the Bitcoin exchange rate began to take off.

    According to Felix Salmon at medium.com,

    "Bitcoins were designed to be - and, in many ways, are - the perfect digital currency: they're frictionless, anonymous, and cryptographically astonishingly secure. For anybody who's ever suffered the incompetence of a bank, or bristled at the fees involved in just spending money, either domestically or abroad - that is to say, for all of us - the promise of bitcoin is the holy grail of payments. Especially since, to all intents and purposes, Bitcoins are invisible to law enforcement and the taxman."

    Is Bitcoin safe or secure from hackers?

    But with such a quick increase of interest in the online currency one, could only assume someone would seek to benefit in an underhanded way from the influx. Those individuals are mercenary hackers who are busting into wallet services like Instawallet which recently posted that it was suspending itself indefinitely to the instable security architecture currently in place.

    Why hacking the Bitcoin system is particularly worrisome is that once Bitcoin anonymous transaction take place they, cannot be changed, making it impossible to report losses or theft.

    Some of the reason Instawallet may have been targeted is due to a factor which made it so popular--ease of use. Instawallet is considered one of the easiest services to use, but also the least secure because it uses a "URL as password" mechanism for protection.

    Though Instawallet is planning to open the claims process soon for customers who stored funds with the service there may still be problems ahead. Here is what Instalwallet's notice said about its suspension.

    "The Instawallet service is suspended indefinitely until we are able to develop an alternative architecture. Our database was fraudulently accessed, due to the very nature of Instawallet it is impossible to reopen the service as-is. In the next few days we are going to open the claim process for Instawallet balance holders to claim the funds they had stored before the service interruption. Important information on claims submission: For the first 90 days we will accept claims for individual Instawallets. Your wallet's URL and key will be used to pre-populate a form to file the claim. After 90 days, if no other claim has been received for the same url, your Instawallet balance under 50 BTC will be refunded. If several claims have been filed for the same URL, we will process those claims on a case by case basis, under the presumption that the claim we received first belongs to the legitimate balance holder. Claims for wallets that hold a balance greater than 50 BTC will be processed on a case by case and best efforts basis."

    Of course Instawallet isn't the only Bitcoin exchange server experiencing problems with the currency. On Wednesday, one of the largest Bitcoin exchanges, Mt. Gox, also claimed experiencing trading lags and delays in deposits.

    Should I use Bitcoin?

    Though many may be celebrating the birth of this new monetary system and its seeming success, Bitcoin is still yet to prove itself entirely.

    The advice many are giving on Bitcoin at this time, is, if you choose to try the new currency only purchase as much as you are willing to lose, for lose you may. After all, with a currency like Bitcoin built on lack of trust, it's hard to trust it will be anything more than a pipe dream.